On This Day February 23
1978 – Grammy Award winners include Fleetwood Mac (Album of the Year for “Rumours”), Eagles (Record of the Year for “Hotel California”),and The Bee Gees (Best Pop Vocal Performance for “How Deep Is Your Love”).
1980 – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” becomes Queen’s first No. 1 single in the U.S. The track, penned by Freddie Mercury (who reportedly wrote the song in the bathtub), holds the top spot for four weeks.
1836 – The Battle of the Alamo begins as Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his army arrive in San Antonio, Texas. Undaunted, William Travis, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and a few hundred others prepare to defend the mission together, holding out for 13 days. “Remember the Alamo!” becomes a rallying cry for the Texian Army.
1945 – During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of U.S. Marines and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag. The photo would later win a Pulitzer Prize and become the model for the national U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
1980 – American speed skater Eric Heiden wins the 10,000-meter race at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, setting a world record with his time and winning an unprecedented fifth Gold medal at the games.
1997 – Scientists in Scotland announce that they have cloned a sheep named Dolly—the first successful cloning of a mammal from an adult cell. This development sparks widespread speculation about the possibility of human cloning.
1983 – Golden Globe-winning actress Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Gideon’s Daughter,” “The Adjustment Bureau,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Sicario,” “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” “The Girl on the Train”, “A Quiet Place”, “Mary Poppins Returns”)